Sad ending for Sorochan

ERIC FRANCIS -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:54 AM ET

LETHBRIDGE -- As far as the experts were concerned, it wasn't supposed to end this way. The goalie with slumped shoulders at one end of the ice wasn't supposed to be Aaron Sorochan.

Named the WHL's Eastern Conference goalie-of-the-year finalist one week earlier, the 20-year-old was counted on to carry the Lethbridge Hurricanes at least a round or two into the playoffs.

Instead, he finished his five-year junior career affixed with goat-horns after letting in a soft overtime goal last night against Calgary that bounced off his shoulder and trickled in to end the season.

"I'm speechless right now," said Sorochan, still in full gear following the 2-1 loss.

"It's over. It's done with. That's the way life goes sometimes. I wanted to savour it -- this year has been great and fans have been so good to me. I've spent a quarter of my life in this league and I can't think of a better place to spend it."

Criticized by coach Lindsay Hofford early in the series for being unable to step up when needed most, Sorochan put in a solid outing in Game 5 last night only to have it ruined by Andrew Ladd's high shot that eluded him.

"If you can't make the big save...," said Hofford, who pulled Sorochan 24 minutes into Game 3 after the netminder allowed three goals on eight shots.

"You're the goalie -- that's your job. He's a good kid and it's tough to swallow but hopefully he'll bounce back."

Where he'll do that is unclear as the Edmonton native is a free agent.

"I still say we beat ourselves," said Hofford, referring to everyone, including his goalie.

"If you can say you did everything in your power to win and you lose to a better team, that's fine. I don't think we can say that."


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